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Texas Railroad Commission

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Texas Railroad Commission
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $71,093,217
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  Texas Natural Resource Code, Title 3, Chapter 81
Leadership:  Barry Smitherman (R)
Selection Method:  Elected
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The Texas Railroad Commission is a state executive agency in the Texas state government. Despite its name, the commission does not regulate railroads but instead oversees the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry, and surface coal and uranium mining.[1]

Historically, the Railroad Commission has been a very powerful office. OPEC, the Mideast oil cartel, was originally modeled in part on the commission. The agency has also been a launching pad to higher office.[2]

Current officeholders

The current commissioners are Barry Smitherman (Chairman), Christi Craddick, and David Porter.[3][4]

Authority

The commission's authority is established by the Texas Natural Resource Code.[5]

Texas Natural Resource Code, Title 3. Chapter 81, Subchapter C, Section 81.051

JURISDICTION OF COMMISSION. (a) The commission has jurisdiction over all:

(1) common carrier pipelines defined in Section 111.002 of this code in Texas; (2) oil and gas wells in Texas; (3) persons owning or operating pipelines in Texas; and (4) persons owning or engaged in drilling or operating oil or gas wells in Texas.

Qualifications

Qualifications for being a commissioner are outline in the Texas Natural Resource Code.[5]

To serve on the Texas Railroad Commission a person must be:[5]

(1) a qualified voter under the constitution and laws; and

(2) at least 25 years of age.

Elections

Commissioners are elected to six-year staggered terms, with one commissioner up for election every two years.[6]

Full History


Vacancies

Vacancies are filled by appointment from the governor. Once appointed, commissioners serve until the next general election at which time they can run to be elected for the remainder of the unexpired term.[6]

Duties

The Commission is responsible for overseeing and regulating the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry, and surface coal and uranium mining in the state of Texas.

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Railroad Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $71,093,217.[9]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

According to the Texas Tribune, each Commissioner on the Texas Railroad Commission was paid $137,500 for 2013.[10]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

William B Travis State Office Building: Location of Texas Railroad Commission's offices

Main Office:

1701 N. Congress
Austin, Texas 78701


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 12967
Austin, Texas 78711-2967

Phone:

(877) 228-5740

See also

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